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50th Ward Chicago http://50thwardchicago.com Alderman Debra Silverstein Tue, 02 Jul 2019 21:01:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.3.10 Register for the Annual Job Fair http://50thwardchicago.com/job-fair/ Thu, 02 May 2019 19:18:30 +0000 http://50thwardchicago.com/?p=1109 Join Alderman Debra Silverstein, Representative Yehiel M. Kalish and the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) for the 5th Annual Job Fair.

The event details are as follows:

Date: Thursday, June 27

Time: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (veterans preference until 10:30 a.m.)

Location: Croatian Cultural Center, 2845 W. Devon Avenue, Chicago, IL 60659. Parking lot on site.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call 773-262-1050 or 847-673-1131.

Participating Employers

(subject to change)

  • All American Medical Supply
  • Allstate Insurance
  • Aramark
  • ASI Inc.
  • Buckingham Pavilion
  • CDT – Cook DuPage Transportation
  • Chicago Lighthouse
  • Chicago’s Community Kitchens at the Greater Chicago Food Depository
  • City of Chicago
  • ClearStaff, Inc.
  • Doumak Marshmallow Manufacturer
  • Excel HR Services
  • Fixer
  • Gate Gourmet
  • Help At Home
  • Illinois Action for Children
  • Illinois Department of Children & Family Services
  • Illinois Department of Employment Security
  • Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation
  • Illinois Department of Transportation
  • Illinois Dept of Human Services
  • Inner Voice
  • JCFS Chicago
  • Lawrence Eye Care
  • Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises
  • Levy at the United Center
  • Menzies Aviation
  • Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago
  • Misericordia Home
  • MV Transportation
  • North shore transit
  • Northside American Job Center at Truman College
  • Pace Suburban Bus
  • Pep Boys / Auto Plus
  • Pipe Fitters’ Local Union 597
  • Reggio’s Pizza
  • Regional Transportation Authority
  • Right At Home
  • RM Manufacturing Co.
  • Rush University Medical Center
  • SCR Medical Transportation
  • Seniors Helping Seniors
  • SOS Security
  • Stericycle
  • The Langham Chicago
  • Total Airport Services
  • United States Census
  • United States Marine Corps
  • US Small Business Administration
Movie in the Park at Chippewa! http://50thwardchicago.com/movie/ Thu, 19 Jul 2018 14:39:44 +0000 http://50thwardchicago.com/?p=976 Please join Alderman Debra Silverstein on Monday, July 15 for the annual 50th Ward Movie in the Park celebration! We will be screening Ralph Breaks the Internet at Chippewa Park, 6748 N. Sacramento. The show is 111 minutes long and is rated PG.

The movie begins at dusk, but the fun begins at 7 p.m. We will be sponsoring a special family fair before the show. Come early for free face painting, balloon twisters, pizza and snacks!

The Movie in the Park is one of the best local community events every year. We are always joined by hundreds of local children and families for a fantastic time! For more information, please call the 50th Ward Office at (773) 262-1050 or email info@50thwardchicago.com.

CPS Makes Major Investment in 50th Ward Schools http://50thwardchicago.com/exciting-50th-ward-school-news/ Fri, 06 Jul 2018 21:06:44 +0000 http://50thwardchicago.com/?p=967 July 6, 2018
I am very excited to announce that the City of Chicago is making a major investment in our local, 50th Ward schools! Significant improvements are coming to Rogers Elementary School, Decatur Classical School, and Armstrong School of International Studies.

I have been working on all of these project for a long time, and I am very pleased to finally be able to make this announcement.

Rogers and Decatur will both be receiving large additions to the existing buildings. It was just announced, so many of the details are still being worked out, but these projects are major, multi-million dollar investments in our neighborhood schools.

Rogers is horribly overcrowded. Our children deserve the proper amount of space at school, where they can focus on their studies without bumping elbows with the kid in the next desk. The new annex should relieve that overcrowding and give the school plenty of room to grow.

The addition will include a new lunchroom, classrooms, specialty spaces, and support areas. The school will also receive a new playlot and walking path.

Decatur will also be receiving an annex addition that will allow the school to expand to accommodate 7th and 8th grade students. It is tremendously difficult for current Decatur students to seek a new school for 7th grade then again for high school. This new expansion will allow them to complete their elementary education in one school, and will remove a major source of stress for the children.

The new linked annex will include a lunchroom/multi-purpose room, gymnasium, library, classrooms, and specialty spaces. The school will also receive a new playlot and parking lot.

Armstrong will be receiving a brand-new outdoor recreational and play area. The project will comprise 18,000 square feet of proposed improvements, including a large synthetic turf, a floor hockey court, and a walking/running track. It will enhance the physical education and recreational activities at the school, and provide an active space for community use.

The students at Armstrong are desperately in need of an outdoor space to exercise and play, and I have been advocating for this for a long time. I am very pleased that it is finally becoming a reality.

Thank you to Mayor Rahm Emanuel and CPS for agreeing to make such a large investment in our 50th Ward schools. If you have any questions, please contact the 50th Ward Office at (773) 262-1050 or info@50thwardchicago.com.

Get the New CityKey Municipal ID Card in the 50th Ward http://50thwardchicago.com/get-the-new-citykey-municipal-id-card-in-the-50th-ward/ Tue, 15 May 2018 16:43:55 +0000 http://50thwardchicago.com/?p=951 I am excited to announce that the City Clerk’s Office will be offering the new Chicago CityKey Municipal ID card at this year’s 50th Ward City Sticker Day on Wednesday, June 6 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Warren Park, 6601 N. Western.

The CityKey is designed to help you unlock everything Chicago has to offer. It is an optional, valid, government-issued ID that you can use to access a range of services from both the private and public sectors, as well as save at cultural institutions, local businesses and sporting events. It will also serve as your library and transit card.


The City Clerk is offering the first 100,000 CityKey cards at no cost, so you should be able to pick up a free ID at the 50th Ward Sticker Day (barring an unforeseen spike in demand). Join us at Warren Park on Wednesday, June 6 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to pick up your ID card!

The CityKey is available to all Chicago residents regardless of housing status, criminal record, immigration status or gender identity. Children under 14 years of age are eligible for the Chicago CityKey Kids ID.

For more information, including a list of documents you can use to apply for your ID card, visit www.chicityclerk.com/chicagocitykey.

4th Annual Silverstein Hiring Fair – Thursday, June 14 http://50thwardchicago.com/4th-annual-silverstein-hiring-fair-thursday-june-14/ Tue, 15 May 2018 14:48:56 +0000 http://50thwardchicago.com/?p=955 Please join me on Thursday, June 14 for the 4th Annual 50th Ward Hiring Fair, hosted together with State Senator Ira Silverstein and the Illinois Department of Employment Security. Employers will join us at the Croatian Cultural Center, 2845 W. Devon, to seek qualified workers in a wide range of fields.

The Hiring Fair will first open to veterans from 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on June 14, then open to the general public from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Silverstein Job Fair 2018

To register for this event, please click here. For more information, call my office at (773) 262-1050.

City Sticker Day – Wednesday, June 6 http://50thwardchicago.com/city-sticker-day-wednesday-june-6/ Mon, 14 May 2018 19:38:12 +0000 http://50thwardchicago.com/?p=948 Please join me for my annual City Sticker Day this year on Wednesday, June 6 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Warren Park, 6601 N. Western. The City Clerk has moved to year-round City Sticker sales, so the only people eligible for the ward sale this year are those whose stickers expire in June.

City Sticker Day 2018

Please bring your City Sticker renewal form when you come to the sale. If you do not have a renewal form, you can also bring in your state vehicle registration card, which includes your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). No cash payments will be accepted at the ward sale this year. Please bring a credit card, money order or check in order to purchase your sticker.

Seniors are guaranteed a discount for one passenger or large-passenger vehicle, even if the discounted price is not reflected in the renewal form. If you are a senior and your price for a single car is not listed as $30.59, we can help you on City Sticker Day. Bring your incorrect renewal form and a valid ID showing your age to Warren Park on June 6 and you will be able to purchase your sticker at the correct discounted price.

Finishing Touches on the Devon Streetscape http://50thwardchicago.com/finishing-touches-on-the-devon-streetscape/ Sun, 06 May 2018 22:06:38 +0000 http://50thwardchicago.com/?p=960 Capitol Cement has started work on the last steps of the Devon Avenue Streetscape. Besides for some minor landscaping and other miscellaneous work which is being started now, this multi-year project has been successfully completed.

Over the last few years, Devon between Kedzie and Leavitt has undergone a sweeping transformation. The sidewalks are wider and decorated with beautiful new brick pavers. Brand new trees have been planted, and the street has been completely resurfaced. New pedestrian-friendly street lights have been installed and emblazoned with specially designed neighborhood identifiers.

The Devon Streetscape has completely remodeled the avenue. Devon is now a safer, brighter, greener and more beautiful destination for shoppers from all over the City of Chicago and beyond. I look forward to the project finally being completed over the spring.

Northtown Library and Senior Housing http://50thwardchicago.com/new-library-design-photos/ Tue, 01 May 2018 15:50:19 +0000 http://50thwardchicago.com/?p=906 Construction on the new library and senior housing facility at Pratt and Western is well underway. We held a groundbreaking ceremony in January of 2018 and the contractors, Powers & Sons, have been hard at work ever since.

I first announced the new library together with Mayor Rahm Emanuel in 2016. The new, state-of-the-art facility is being built at 6800 N. Western, at the northwest corner of Western and Pratt. When complete, it will be 16,000 square feet, which is the largest branch size that CPL builds and significantly bigger than the current Northtown branch. The building will include 44 units of senior housing above the library and will feature ample parking.

The Northtown Apartments and Northtown Branch Library is thanks to an innovative partnership between Chicago Public Library and Chicago Housing Authority. It was designed by the talented architects at Perkins+Will and is being developed by Evergreen Real Estate.

The building design is beautiful and will help make the 50th Ward a destination for bibliophiles from all over the city. Please click on the photo below to view the drafts of the site design for the new building:

New 50th Ward Library

Stone Park Is Now Open http://50thwardchicago.com/stone-park-is-now-open/ Sun, 15 Apr 2018 22:15:41 +0000 http://50thwardchicago.com/?p=962 In October of 2017, I was joined by Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Park District Superintendent Michael Kelly to officially open Bernard L. Stone Park! This new park, located at the southeast corner of Devon and McCormick, sits on the site of a former crumbling parking lot and now forms a vital link in the North Shore Channel Trail. The park features a landscaped path, native plantings that will attract local birds and insects, a passive green space, fitness stations and a (soon to come) stunning sculpture.

The beautiful design will be a tremendous benefit to the neighborhood, and I would like to thank everyone who was involved in making this happen. I hope you will all come out and enjoy the new park!

50th Ward Library Survey http://50thwardchicago.com/library/ Mon, 20 Mar 2017 14:57:17 +0000 http://50thwardchicago.com/?p=891 Dear Neighbor,

The 50th Ward is finally getting a new library! The library should reflect the wishes and needs of the community, so we want your input. Please take a few minutes to answer the following questions, and we will give your suggestions directly to the architects who are designing the new building.

Together, we can build a new library that becomes a cornerstone of our community!

Click on the image below to take the survey:

Library Survey


Debra Silverstein
Alderman, 50th Ward